Flashdance

1983, U.S., 95m, DCP

Pittsburgh when it sizzles; as visualized by Lyne and his team, the city is a steam-heat hotbed of gritty style and sex appeal. The movie was a word-of-mouth sleeper hit, unleashing a smash soundtrack (including Irene Cara’s anthemic Oscar-winning title song); advancing fashion and dance trends; and inciting debate over its female-empowerment stance with Jennifer Beals (in her breakout role) strenuously gigging as welder and go-go performer while aspiring to ballet. With Michael Nouri, Sunny Johnson, and Lilia Skala (once Mother Maria in Lilies of the Field).

A film by Adrian Lyne